The past few months I've been on a crazy project to create an eBay application for the iPhone, and until yesterday, I wasn't allowed to talk about it. I got the unique opportunity to demo onstage at an Apple event, and I ran the demo while Ken from the eBay mobile team did the presentation. I'm still not allowed to say much about the application, but I wanted to post some initial thoughts on it while I'm still coming down from the post-keynote high.
This is the first eBay mobile application that I actually use, and I am pretty picky. The platform that it is built on has much to do with why the application is so good, and why we were able to build it so quickly. Many people I spoke to at the show were very excited to get to use the application, and the fact that it will be FREE should make it very attractive to any current or potential eBay user.
I am pretty impressed with the iPhone SDK (again, not allowed to say much about it). Before creating the prototype, I had no experience with Objective C or Cocoa, and I was able to hack something together very quickly.
Note that I am still product manager for eBay Desktop. To get the iPhone project done the team of developers and designers worked in their "spare time" to get it done, and now that the demo is done I'll be going back to work on the next release of eBay Desktop.
Finally, here are some links with additional info on the app:
- Official eBay Mobile for iPhone page
- WWDC Keynote video (eBay demo is about 23 minutes in, after the Sega demo)
- Techcrunch video where I do a not very good job of pretending that eBay is isn't announcing anything at the show (scroll down about a page to the eBay section)
- Motley Fool article on the application